How to Glue Metal on Tile

Attaching metal to tile using glue prevents you from having to drill holes into the materials. Whether you're attaching a metal towel rack to a tile wall, creating an art project that involves the two materials or completing some type of home improvement project, gluing metal to tile is a simple task that involves little preparation.

Step 1

Clean both the surface of the tile and the surface of the metal. Use a solution of soap and water to remove grease or buildup of any type of dirt. Glue will not adhere well to dirty materials.

Step 2

Make a light pencil marking on the tile in the location where the metal object will go.

Step 3

Apply a coat of urethane glue, recommended by Tim Carter of Ask the Builder for its strength and ability to bond materials of different types together. Use a glue roller to coat the metal object in a thin layer of the product.

Step 4

Press the metal object into place over the pencil markings. Hold in place until the glue begins to bond, forming a solid attachment. Urethane glue is quick to bond.

Step 5

Allow at least 24 hours of drying time before handling the metal and tile to ensure the glue completely cures.


Sarah Schreiber

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.